a tough, insoluble polymer, used in making nonsticking coatings, as for cookware, and in gaskets, bearings, electrical insulators, etc.
Origin of Teflon; from (poly)te(tra)fl(uoroethylene) + -on, arbitrary suffix for synthetic products
this substance, esp. as a coating
Informal regarded as having the ability to maintain one's standing or reputation in spite of scandal, wrongdoing, etc.
A trademark for a waxy, opaque material, polytetrafluoroethylene, employed as a coating on cooking utensils and in industrial applications to prevent sticking. This trademark often occurs in figurative contexts in print: “It would make of Gorbachev's stewardship a truly Teflon chairmanship, demonstrating that no Soviet actions, regardless of how egregious, will cling to him” (New Republic).
- (trademark) Multiple film, resin, coatings, fabric and surface protectors made with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or fluoropolymer and surfactants not made with PTFE.